Animal Crackers: A Delectable Collection of Pictures, Poems, and Lullabies for the Very Young


A lavishly illustrated anthology celebrates a child's early years with favorite nursery rhymes, soothing lullabies, and playful verses. Full color. (Baby/Preschool)

An illustrated collection of Mother Goose rhymes, lullabies, and contemporary verses that celebrate special times in a child's first years.

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A lavishly illustrated anthology celebrates a child's early years with favorite nursery rhymes, soothing lullabies, and playful verses. Full color. (Baby/Preschool)

An illustrated collection of Mother Goose rhymes, lullabies, and contemporary verses that celebrate special times in a child's first years.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Dyer (Talking Like the Rain; The Girl in the Golden Bower) surpasses her considerable achievements in other poetry collections with a volume that not only lives up to the "delectable" of the subtitle but has the power to entice youngest children to cherish the richness and diversity of both language and art. In each of seven categories-Playtime; Animals, Animals; Lullaby and Good Night; etc.-Dyer includes the best work of both traditional and contemporary poets together with pellucid watercolors that simply dazzle. She gives a faintly old-fashioned look to the faces of her multicultural cast; coupled with her bold and sophisticated designs, the images have a welcome air of timelessness and help create a view of a global community of children. Regardless of the complexity of the perspective or metaphors, Dyer grounds each illustration with details that indicate her unerring understanding of the sensibilities and interests of youngest children. This sumptuous book comes with an attached satin ribbon that will mark not only pages turned but the book's remarkable pleasures. Ages 1-5. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
If you are frantically searching for a special shower gift for a first-time mother-to-be, this book fits the bill. It is a marvelous collection of pictures, poems, and lullabies you may recall from your own childhood. A table of contents divides them into playtime, nursery rhymes, animals, food, seasons, lullabies, and letters, numbers, shapes and colors. The beautiful illustrations are a delight for adults and children alike. You will spend many hours reading this to your little one.
School Library Journal
PreS-Nursery rhymes, poems, and lullabies are arranged by subject and attractively laid out on large pages. ABC and counting rhymes and some dealing with shapes and colors, food, animals, the seasons, and playtime are all included. Many can be found in classic Mother Goose collections; others are by contemporary poets such as William Carlos Williams, Eve Merriam, Nancy Willard, Clyde Watson, and Jane Yolen. Whimsical illustrations in soft watercolors have lots of appeal for the very young.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
Lauren Peterson
Dyer has combined a wonderful assortment of poems, lullabies, and nursery rhymes with sweet, gentle illustrations to create an immensely appealing picture book. Very young children will enjoy the section titled "Playtime," which features such childhood favorites as "Ring around the Rosie" and "Pat-a-Cake." Two-and three-year-olds will benefit from the selections in the "ABC, 123, Shapes, Colors" section, and older preschoolers will like the more challenging concepts in "Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall." Some sections will appeal to all youngsters. Generously illustrated with soothing watercolors, this charming, oversize book offers quality as well as variety. An author/title index is appended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316197663
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 418,271
  • Age range: 1 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Dyer is the acclaimed illustrator of her own anthology, Animal Crackers, as well as the bestselling picture book I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose Lewis. Jane Dyer lives in western Massachusetts and paints her extraordinary watercolors in a beautiful sun-drenched studio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    Wonderful gift for a new baby to be enjoyed throughout childhood.

    I have purchased this book of poetry and nursery rhymes many times as a baby gift. The illustrations are multi-cultural and beautifully done. Presents traditional and new poetry to engage today's child.

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